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The Tuscan Tycoon's Pregnant Housekeeper Paperback – 1 April 2009

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Christina Hollis was born a few miles from Georgian Bath in England. She has been writing from the moment she picked up a pencil and her first book was a few sentences about three puppies that lived in a basket. It was written at the age of three!

She left school at sixteen. Working as a 'gopher' in the marketing department of a financial institution was an experience that opened her eyes to life outside of sleepy Somerset. She met her husband on a blind date and love at first sight led to marriage within months. When a play she wrote in her spare time was short-listed for a national award, her husband suggested she try writing full-time.

Over the next few years, Christina wrote half a dozen full-length novels, did a lot of non-fiction work for magazines and had two lovely children. In the year 2000, she joined a college course in creative writing to update her skills. It was tutored by the prize-winning Welsh poet Paul Groves, who suggested she try writing short stories. Various examples of these went on to be broadcast by the BBC and achieved success in several national competitions and magazines.

Christina's first modern romance, The Italian Billionaire's Virgin, began life as a two-thousand-word holiday assignment for her writing course. Urged to send it to Mills and Boon by her fellow students, her thrill at being invited to send in a completed manuscript was only topped by the experience of receiving THE letter-acceptance! It arrived on her young son's birthday, making it a double celebration the family will never forget.

Christina's hobbies include cooking and gardening and she always has a book in hand. Romances are a favourite, as they are in such contrast with raising a family in a crumbling old cottage. Married to the most romantic man in the world, Christina enjoys every aspect of the subject. Romance can be as simple as a cup of tea in bed, but grand gestures such as a restaurant dinner add spice to the mix.

Christina thinks writing must be the best job in the world. There really is nothing like seeing the pictures in her head become words on a page. The chance to explore relationships and the way people overcome the problems that life throws at them means that there is always some new avenue to investigate.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mills & Boon - AU; First edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0263872173
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0263872170
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Best selling author Christina Hollis was born in Somerset, England, the elder of two children. The Careers department at school pointed her toward either nursing or teaching, but all she wanted to do was write. She escaped from school as soon as she could, and talked her way into a job in the financial sector.

She worked briefly in Marketing, but says; 'Numbers dance in my head, and not like sugar plums. Designing campaigns was all about figures, and used more spreadsheets than I could count!' Around this time, she met her husband on a blind date. They lived in the city for a while, but both wanted to get away to the peace and quiet of the countryside. After they moved to rural Gloucestershire, Christina began writing full time about country life. While producing articles for national magazines about keeping animals and growing food, she worked on full-length fiction in her spare time.

In 1990 her first full length novel, 'Knight's Pawn', was published by Harlequin Mills and Boon under the pen name Polly Forrester. After a career break to raise a family, Christina joined the award-winning poet Paul Groves' creative writing course. Here she discovered the art of the short story, and started writing contemporary romance. Her first Mills and Boon Modern Romance, 'The Italian Billionaire's Virgin' was published in 2007. Since then her books have appeared in lists of best sellers all over the world. 2015 sees the publication of her eighteenth novel, which is her first book for The Wild Rose Press; 'His Majesty's Secret Passion'.

'As well as romance, I like my books to capture the countryside in all its moods,' she says. 'Reading can take you to a completely different place and time. That's my idea of luxury--the chance to escape from the stress of everyday life.'

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